Giving sounds so simple, fun, rewarding… So why it it that we so often have a hard time giving? Why do we measure in our minds whether or not to give and why and how? Where’s the ‘freedom’ God promised?
The truth is that God has a profound blessing hidden for us in the act of giving. It is a blessing forever established in His Word. Yet many times we fail to understand the truth and power God wants us to live by. What is it really all about, this biblical principle of giving? Is God asking us to give in order to ‘get’? And why does the Bible talk so much about money? We know Jesus mentioned money more than he did almost any other matter. Yet Jesus was a man of truly humble means. God’s Son didn’t even have a roof over His head, other than the skies above. What is giving in the Bible all about? You may be surprised to find out…
The blessing of giving is not about money at all. Giving is about heart attitude, worship, service and getting into right relationship with God.
Here’s a short history lesson on the biblical subject of giving. God instituted the ‘tithe’ for the people of Israel. The tithe was one-tenth of the ‘first fruits’ or earnings of God’s people. It was money God’s people were to set aside for service unto God. Why? Did God need this $$? No. However, He knew we would need it to build, to establish, to trade… Yet, Jesus warned, “You cannot serve both God and money…you will either love the one or hate the other.”
Bible history about giving also takes us back to the 10 Commandments. God designed us to serve Him and to have no other gods before Him. This is where people often miss the meaning of giving and God’s purposes. Did God set His commands to harm us? God forbid! No, God’s sole desire in establishing His commandments was to BLESS. Like any earthly parent, God’s desire is only for our best. But knowing us through and through, God knew that the human heart, unredeemed by His grace…was prone to failure. Our ‘default’ is set to ‘sin’. Without Jesus, without God’s commands, we end up setting up ‘other gods’ – our homes, business, bank accounts, investments, our bodies, fitness and ‘image’…you name it.
Giving is God’s way of bringing us back to Himself. You see, at the very depth of who God is…He is a GIVER. He is the Lord and Giver of Life. And God, who has made us in His image, desires us to grow more into His likeness. His very nature is GIVING.
When we give as God desires us to do…it may be just 1/10 th of your substance…it may be much more, we exercise faith, trust and hope in God. We align ourselves with our Creator. We make Him our ‘first love’, and under this relationship, we have 100% care and protection no matter what storms, needs or wants may come our way in life. God calls us to GIVE in order to LIVE. He calls us as He always did, to support the works of God through practical support of ministries: “Those who do not go (to do the Lord’s work) should contribute toward the expenses of those who do, and also supply them with clothing, transportation, supplies for the journey, and a freewill offering…” Ezra 1:4
Don’t just think about giving…DO it. Faith is about doing. Giving is about living. There’s freedom, blessing and a drawing close to the very heart of God when you give from a cheerful heart.
Do you want to be closer to God? Give…